Ch 7: Early Indian Civilization High School World History Lesson Plans

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The Early Indian Civilization chapter of this course is designed to help you plan and teach the early history of India in your classroom. The video lessons, quizzes and transcripts can easily be adapted to provide your lesson plans with engaging and dynamic educational content. Make planning your course easier by using our syllabus as a guide.

Weekly Syllabus

Below is a sample breakdown of the Early Indian Civilization chapter into a 5-day school week. Based on the pace of your course, you may need to adapt the lesson plan to fit your needs.

DayTopicsKey Terms and Concepts Covered
Monday Indigenous culture and outside influences
Indus Valley civilization
First peoples of India and how they related to peoples from other areas;
Harappa and Mohenjo-Daro civilizations
Tuesday Aryans
Three pillars of Indian society
The arrival of the Aryans in the Indus Valley and characteristics of their society;
Importance of village, caste and family
WednesdayLord Mahavira and Jainism
Early Hinduism and Buddhism
Beliefs of the Jain religion;
Origins of Hinduism and Buddhism and how they influence life in early India
ThursdayGautama Buddha
Mauryan Empire
Information on Buddha and the Buddhist religion;
Rulers and characteristics of the Mauryan Empire
FridayIndian worship traditions
The Gupta Dynasty
Vishnu, Shiva and Devi worship traditions;
The Gupta rulers and characteristics of their dynasty, including the introduction of Arabic numerals

9 Lessons in Chapter 7: Early Indian Civilization High School World History Lesson Plans
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Gautama Buddha: The Founding of Buddhism

1. Gautama Buddha: The Founding of Buddhism

This lesson will explore the founding of Buddhism and the life of Siddhartha Gautama. It will also highlight nirvana, asceticism, the concept of a bodhisattva, and the Bodhi tree.

Ancient India: Indigenous Culture & Outside Influences

2. Ancient India: Indigenous Culture & Outside Influences

This lesson will explore the history of ancient India. It will focus on the Harappan culture, their mixing with the Aryans, and the beginnings of the Hindu faith.

Three Pillars of Indian Society: Village, Caste & Family

3. Three Pillars of Indian Society: Village, Caste & Family

This lesson will explain the three pillars of Indian society. They are the village, the caste system, and the family. In doing so, it will explore the different individual castes as well as describing joint families.

Lord Mahavira & the Jain Religion

4. Lord Mahavira & the Jain Religion

This lesson will explain the history and the beliefs of Jainism. In doing this, it will highlight the life of Lord Mahavira as well as define the terms 'moksha' and 'Tirthankara.'

Early Religion in India: Hinduism & Buddhism

5. Early Religion in India: Hinduism & Buddhism

This lesson will explore the founding of Hinduism and Buddhism. It will cover the basic beliefs of Hinduism and the life of Siddhartha Gautama, and the presence of both religions in modern day India.

Indian Worship Traditions: Vishnu, Shiva & Devi

6. Indian Worship Traditions: Vishnu, Shiva & Devi

This lesson will explain Hinduism's polytheistic worship of Vishnu, Shiva, and Devi. In doing so, it will explore their roles as preserver, destroyer, and protective mother of the universe.

Indus Valley Civilization: Harappa & Mohenjo-Daro

7. Indus Valley Civilization: Harappa & Mohenjo-Daro

In this lesson, we will explore the mysterious Indus Valley civilization, which was located in modern Pakistan and reached its high point between about 2500 BCE and 1900 BCE.

The Aryans in the Indus Valley: Texts, Castes & Beliefs

8. The Aryans in the Indus Valley: Texts, Castes & Beliefs

In this lesson, we will explore the Aryans of the Indus Valley. We will learn about their arrival in the valley, their social customs, their major texts, and their religious beliefs.

The Mauryan Empire in India: Rulers & Edicts

9. The Mauryan Empire in India: Rulers & Edicts

In this lesson, we will study India's Mauryan Empire. We will learn about its rulers, explore its government and economy, delve into its religious life, and examine its decline and disappearance.

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